US Warns Israel Against Calling Itself the Jewish State


israelThe US weighed in on Israel’s “Nationality Law’ proposal on Monday night, warning Israel against straying from its democratic principles.

“This is the beginning of a process, and so I don’t want to speculate on the outcome. It would be our general view…that we would expect any final legislation to continue Israel’s commitment to democratic principles,” said State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke.

“The United State’s position, which is unchanged, has been clear for years, and the president and the secretary have also reiterated it, is that Israel is a Jewish and democratic state in which all citizens should enjoy equal rights,” Rathke continued.

The Prime Minister’s office responded to the comments, saying that “The remarks do not contradict the goal of the Nationality Law which Netanyahu has been promoting.”

The PMO said the goal of the bill was to “protect the values of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state against those who challenge the right of the Jewish nation to their homeland.”

“In order to clearly specify the law, it was written in the principles of the bill that Israel is the national home to the Jewish people and that the State of Israel is a democratic state based on freedom, justice, and equality as envisioned by the prophets of Israel and maintains the rights of all citizens under the law,” a PMO statement said.

Read more at Ynet News.

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  1. This headline is misleading. Nowhere in Mr. Rathke remarks is there any hint of the “US warning Israel against calling itself the Jewish State”. On the contrary, Mr. Rathke made it clear that the United States acknowledges that Israel is both a Jewish and democratic state.

    There are enough negative comments from the White House regarding the State of Israel. We don’t need to twist an innocuous declaration into a nefarious one.

  2. Hey, they’re just calling a spade a spade! If Israel just passed a law legalizing geirus which is not k’halacha, then all it is is a democratic state! If stores can operate on Shabbos because the restrictions have been lifted by non observant governments then all it is is a democratic state!
    The truth hurts???
    Is the chutzpa that America is telling Israel what it sees?